Definition of pox doctor in English:

pox doctor


  • A doctor specializing in the treatment of venereal disease. "got up like a pox doctor's clerk" and variants: dressed smartly but in bad taste; overdressed. Also figurative rare before 20th cent.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Petyt (?1641–1707), lawyer and political propagandist. From pox + doctor.


pox doctor

/ˈpɒks ˌdɒktə/